It is no surprise to me after seeing the extraordinary acting of Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett in this film that they both are up for Oscars. They give wonderful performances as the two St. George school teachers. While being slow at times, the manipulative nature of Barbara keeps your attention as you wonder what she plans to do next in her attempt to woo Sheba. Sheba makes judgment errors throughout the film which cause trouble for herself and those around her.
The adulterous storyline and repeated sexual encounters, not to mention the obscene and profane language, place this film in the “adult only” category. It is NOT family-friendly. It is nominated for four Oscars and I believe it will win in at least two categories.